PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday, 7th October – Sunday, 13th October, 2019

PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday, 7th October – Sunday, 13th October, 2019


Tuesday, 8th October at 19.45h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. From the Royal Opera House: Mozart’s Don Giovani. This version was originally directed in 2014 by Kasper Holten with Signe Fabricius as this revival’s director. Conducted by Hartmut Haenchen. Starring Erwin Schrott as Don Giovani, Roberto Tagliavini as Leporello, Malin Byström as Donna Anna and Daniel Behle as Don Ottavio with the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus. The story: The impulsive, charismatic Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, accompanied by his long-suffering servant, Leporello.

But when Don Giovanni commits murder, he unleashes a dark power beyond his control. Haunted by the ghost of the murdered man, he decides to invite him to dinner. The ghost urges him to repent and to stop his seductive ways – but Don Giovanni refuses. Background: Perfectly situated, as no other opera, between tragedy and comedy, this potent drama combines glorious music with a seductive central character who is endlessly fascinating in his complexity.


Wednesday, 9th October at 20h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony recorded at the opening of the new Chase Centre stadium. https://metalinjection.net/video/pro-shot-footage-of-metallica-play-the-memory-remains-with-san-francisco-symphony

Friday, 11th October at 21.30h at the Hard Rock Cafe, Andorra la Vella. Hard Rock Cafe concerts: The Saved Velvet with the voice of Cristina Sales and, on guitar, the talented Brian Nonell (from The Golden Grahams). They will play a great selection of soul, classic rock and R & B themes!

Saturday, 12th October at 20h at the Centre de Congressos, Andorra la Vella. (Tickets 10€ – Children under 10 free. Available from La Lacuna Cultural Centre, Andorra la Vella Tourist Office – Plaça de la Rotonda and the Congress Centre itself half an hour before the concert. Unable to come that night, but want to support the impressive work of this international Andorran charity? Then why not buy tickets in Row 0? See more info at the end.*) Charity concert in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Infants del Món (Children of the world) with performances by the following popular groups from Andorra:

The Pali Cor Rock Grossband Alendoy Madretomass Four Flags Liquid Dance


Wednesday, 9th October at 20.30h at the Centre de Congressos, Andorra la Vella. (General admissions: 20€, Carnet Jovet: 10€, Schools: 5€ from www.ad.ambafrance.org or visit the Andorra la Vella tourist office at the Rotonda or at the centre itself before the show, if there are tickets left.) Organised by the French Ambassador in the Saison Culturelle. Car / men, Chicos Mambo. Twenty years after its creation, the company Chicos Mambo continue to have their strong sense of irony that gives a spicy flavour to their shows. In 2016, TUTU, the original and fun show imagined by Philippe Lafeuille, artistic director and choreographer, was a great success in Andorra. After TUTU … comes Car / men. A choreographic show that combines humour, theatre, singing, clowns, comics, all in a very digital environment.


Wednesday, October 9 at the Centre de Formació Professional, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free but registration essential either by email at [email protected] or phone 742 630.) Walking with Dr. Duró beside Andorra’s churches of 50 years’ ago. A sample of photographs taken by Dr. Duró, which will explain the figure of the doctor and the presentation of the two types of Andorran churches photographed. The activity is part of the traveling exhibition PIRIBUS: Trip to the heart of the Pyrenees, installed between 7th and 20th October at the Escaldes-Engordany Children’s Playground.

Until 13th October in the lobby of the Cultural and Congress Centre Lauredià, Sant Julià de Lòria. Handicrafts by the Acadèmia Confeccions Feli

Until Friday, 8th November at the Casa de la Vall, Andorra la Vella. Philandorre, philatelic exhibition. This activity is part of the celebration of the 600th anniversary of Andorra’s Earth Council, one of the oldest parliaments in Europe. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10h -14h and 15h -18 h. Sundays and Mondays, closed


Monday 7th – Thursday, 10th October at 20h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Joker. Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz. The Story: A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society.

Wednesday, 9th October at 21.30h at the Teatre Comunal, Andorra la Vella. (5€ or 3€ if Cineclub member or holder of the Carte Jove or

Tarja Magna.) Cineclub d’Andorra. The Breadwinner. A film directed by Nora Twomey with executive director, Angelina Jolie. The story: Parvana is an eleven-year-old girl living in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, during the period of Taliban rule. When her father is detained, family members are left without resources and, because women are forbidden to make money, they decide to transform Parvana into a boy so she can work. (The poster is in English, the film comes with Spanish subtitles but it is not clear if the actual film is in Farsi or … C.A.)

TALKS/CONFERENCES (For those speaking – or learning – Catalan)

Monday, 7th October at 19h in the Playground, Escaldes-Engordany. (Free but registration essential either by email at [email protected] or phone 742 630. Space for 25 people only.) El poble desaparegut del Fener (The lost village of Fener) by Albert Villaró. On April 16, 1865, the village of El Fener – a hamlet between Andorra la Vella and Escaldes – disappeared underneath a spectacular landslide and flood. Only toponymy (the study of place names) reminds us of the location of those houses. In this talk we will remember the fragility of human structures in a dynamic geology. An activity framed within the traveling exhibition PIRIBUS “Trip to the heart of the Pyrenees”, installed between 7 and 20 October at the Escaldes-Engordany Children’s Playground.

Saturday, 12th October from 10h – 18h at the Congress Centre of Andorra la Vella. (Registraion: at La Central, Youth service in Park Central, [email protected], tel. 730 007, f. @ joventutandorralavella, i. joventutALV and WhatsApp: 611 842 4th Encounter of Young Entrepreneurs of Andorra la Vella: Reports, networking and personalized mentoring.

CHILDREN (All children’s activities are in Catalan unless otherwise stated.)

Friday, 11th October at 19h at the Communal Library of Escaldes-Engordany. (Free but registration essential either by email at [email protected] or phone 742 630. Space for 25 children and their families) An Evening of Legends. A creative proposal to listen to legends of Andorra, whilst designing illustrations, and enjoying live music … Activity framed within the traveling exhibition PIRIBUS “Trip to the heart of the Pyrenees”, installed between 7 and 20 October at the Escaldes-Engordany Children’s Playground.

Saturday, 12th October at 10.30h at the CAEE Escaldes-Engordany Art Centre. (3€ Pre-booked reservations: Tel: 802 255 or [email protected] For children aged from 6 to 11. It is recommended that the children wear protective or old clothing.) Art Saturday: Botero and Volume. Have you ever wondered why Botero paints women, men and animals with very rounded shapes? We will introduce the Colombian artist’s particular way of seeing the world from his swing sculpture El Gat, which can be seen in the Raval of Barcelona or the giant horse in Terminal 2 building at the airport.


Saturday, 12th October from 9h –14h and 16h – 20h in the Prat del Roure, Escaldes-Engordany. Women and Youth Day Workshop for women, organised by the students of the Andorran Batxillerat School (Sixth Form College). Women and young people, Come and play from 9h – 14h: zumba, rugby, football, basketball and enjoy mini-conferences. And from 16h – 20h Come and listen: mini theatre, short films, workshops, round table.


(The title refers to the famous photographer Robert Capa)

Monday, 7th October – Sunday, 13th October

Special Capa Menu, during the whole week at The Pizerria Àngelo, Sant Julià

From Monday 7th to Saturday 12th October: an Exhibition of books about Robert Capa and photography at the Municipal University Library of Sant Julià de Lòria. Opening hours:

Monday– Friday from 9h – 19h, Saturday from 10h – 13h. For more information: (+376) 744 044 or [email protected]

TUESDAY at 21:30h, at the Rocafort Auditorium of Lauredià Cultural Center and Congresses. Screening of Trisha Ziff’s La maleta Mexicana a documentary (90 min.) The Mexican suitcase explains the history of the 4,500 negatives that the prestigious photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David “Chim” Seymour took during the Spanish Civil War, negatives that were thought to have been lost during the war and that reappeared 70 years later in an apartment in Mexico City. The film also highlights the role that Mexico played during the Civil War by supporting the Republic, and reveals how today Spain is facing its past, thirty years after the Transition. (Ticket: 3€, for sale at the box office 1 hour before the screening.)

WEDNESDAY 20h –22h at the Tobacco Museum: Night photography workshop (in Catalan) (10€ Registration: – Limited places: information and reservations at the Tourist Office of Sant Julià de Loria or at (+376) 744 044 before Monday 7 at 20h. Requirements: Bring your own camera (plus tripod if available). If it’s dark outside, don’t leave your camera at home! Learn the top professional secrets on how to get the most out of your camera and make spectacular night-time photographs. This workshop, focused on a small part of a great discipline, aims above all to motivate new photographic initiatives. Practice is always necessary for improvement but above all, training serves to expand knowledge, both theoretical and practical. The Workshop is given by Sergi Pérezm, photographer,

THURSDAY at the Tobacco Museum. (Free activity – Limited places, reservations at (+376) 741 545) Guided tour of the Robert Capa Retrospective

SATURDAY at 11:30h at the Tobacco Museum: Family Escape Game. (Free. Limited places: reservations at (+376) 741 545) During the session, attendees will travel to the Andorra of 1918. There they will find Pure and Cali, two cigar makers looking for a way to exterminate the Cogollero tobacco plague, a lepidoptera that is destroying Andorra’s plantations. The assistants will have to help Cali and t Pure to find the antidote, resolving tests of ingenuity, dexterity, deduction and reasoning, among others, in order to be able to exterminate the lepidoptera in under an hour. 18h at the Tobacco Museum: Adult Escape Game. (Free activity – Limited places, reservations at 741 545.) Isabel and Joana are two women who are part of the Resistance against fascism (the Maquis) and need help to protect the anonymity of some of their compatriots who are about to be discovered by the Civil Guard.

SUNDAY: 10h – 13h at the Tobacco Museum. (For young people aged 8 – 16, up to a maximum of 12 in 4 groups of 3 children each, Information and reservations at (+376) 744 045, or at [email protected] or at the Tourism Office of Sant Julià de Lòria before Friday 11 at 20h. Requirements: bring your own camera or camera phone. Note: The parent or legal guardian must sign an authorization and attach a photocopy of the child’s extra-curricular insurance.)

Photo gym workshop given by Sergi Pérez, photographer. Don’t miss this game that will allow you to discover the world of photography in the most amusing way! Through team play, the aim is to create the necessary knowledge and motivation so that the children can enjoy photography and allow them to acquire a different vision of this. Time distribution: – 30 minutes to explain the activity and organization of the groups. The guide sheet is delivered to each team. – 2 hours for the realization of the photographs following the guide sheet. – 30 minutes for the delivery of photographs and download. End of activity: The final “score” of the activity is awarded in which the quantity and quality of the photographs taken by each group according to the criteria determined by the activity coordinator is assessed.


Sunday, 13th October from 9:30h to 13:30h at the Camino de Ràmio a Fontverd, Escaldes-Engordany. Geology and landscape in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. Guided departure from the Ramio road to Fontverd. We will observe the modelling of the landscape throughout the geological history, as well as the footprints of the glaciations. Activity framed in the traveling exhibition PIRIBUS “Trip to the heart of the Pyrenees”, installed between 7 and 20 October at the Escaldes-Engordany Children’s Playground.


Saturday, 12th October from 10h – 14h in the Plaça dels Arínsols, Encamp. Encamp Saturday market. The Encamp Entrepreneurs Association (AEE) recommences their traditional market as a showcase for trade in the parish. This initiative, which was launched in 2014 with the collaboration of the Comú d’Encamp, has had numerous auxiliary activities such as botifarrades (sausage barbeques) children’s face painting, magic, musical performances or batucades (drum bands).

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